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Saturday 18 May, 3:50pm
ThereÂs one thing you can be sure of in life Â that things change Â and that includes having friends or a lack of them! Many of us are lucky enough to go through school making new friends, who often go on to share our good times and bad and sometimes become a part of our lives for many years more. Later in life we make friendships at work. Often we find ourselves part of larger social circles of friends through interests or just going to the same places. If we have children there are often other parents we see every day, dropping off and picking up at nurseries and at the school gates perhaps, and we fall into easy friendships over the years.
So what happens when children are grown or away making new lives for themselves, we change jobs or get made redundant or retire, we move house or area, or marriages end and all those familiar social circles disappear? Those old reliable friendships change. Sometimes we are left without any friends close by and we wonder to ourselves, ÂHow did that happen?Â Without realising it, we can become disconnected and experience loneliness for the first time in our lives.
As human beings we all have a number of basic emotional needs, which are essential for our well being. Throughout life, these needs are usually met by our work, our life at home and the interests we have. As our lives change however, these needs can become neglected and before we know it there is an impact on our sense of wellbeing. The good news is it is amazing how many of these emotional needs can be met by regularly seeing friends! Here is what I mean:
This is why togetherfriends is such a great idea! I work as a psychotherapist and see so many people who are struggling with anxiety and depression. When we explore what is happening in their lives there are always emotional needs that are not being met. Friendships can help to fulfil so many of these needs. Friendships are important. Togetherfriends is an ideal way to meet other ladies who are also looking to make new friends. Regular groups have sprung up where like-minded friends meet for coffee or lunch reflecting the need many of us feel for that human connection. I heartily recommend it to anyone who is beginning to feel lonely or isolated. New friends are only a mouse click away!
The author of this article Susan Tibbett works as a Chartered Psychologist at MindMakeover Personal Development in York. You can contact her at http://www.mindmakeoveruk.com